Elton Chigumbura took three top order wickets and followed up with and unbeaten 60 from 50 balls to help Zimbabwe win the 1st ODI at Mirpur against Bangladesh by 5 wickets.
Zimbabwe put Bangladesh to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium and bowled them inside the 50 overs for a modest total of 186. The top scorer for the homeside was wicket keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who made 56. No.10 Dolar Mahmud came up with an entertaining 41 from 30 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. Chigumbura had taken the first three wickets to fall and had Bangladesh reeling at 41 for 3 in 15 overs.
The visitors got their runs in 34.4 overs but had their share of problems with the bat after getting reduced to 90 for 5. Chigumbura came up with a match-winning unbeaten partnership of 99 with Matsikenyeri (47*). For Bangladesh, left arm spinner Abdur Razzak made some fight of the total by capturing three wickets.
Originally posted 2009-10-27 16:03:34.